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Old August 21st, 2011, 01:21 AM   #1081
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berlin hauptbahnhof is not even germany`s biggest train station, neither by the number of trains or number of travellers per day, nor by the number of platforms or tracks.. the developers just had to make up some records for promo when they built it and so they called it the biggest cross-way-railstation in germany (or maybe europe)..
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Old August 21st, 2011, 06:01 AM   #1082
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It's easy to find stations that match Berlin Hauptbahnhof when it comes to size. To give a few examples:

- Amsterdam Centraal (11 platforms)
- Brussels South (Gare du Midi) 22 platforms
- Paris Nord (with a whopping 44 platforms for trains and RER)
- Antwerp Centraal (14 platforms)
- London St. Pancras (15 platforms)

Berlin Hbf definitely isn't the largest one, but it sure is beautiful.
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Old August 21st, 2011, 08:12 PM   #1083
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Berlin HB has 12 tracks if I remember correctly.

Other examples are Zürich HB (26 tracks, of which 18 stub and 8 passing), Milano Centrale (24 stub tracks, but 2 of them rarely used), Milano Porta Garibaldi (20 tracks, 12 stub and 8 passing).
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Old August 21st, 2011, 10:48 PM   #1084
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I don't what is Germany's biggest station, but I know that Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof is the busiest.
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Old August 21st, 2011, 10:57 PM   #1085
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I don't what is Germany's biggest station, but I know that Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof is the busiest.
Frankfurt has a lot of trains passing it sure, but the 'busiest' station in terms of passenger movements is Hamburg Main Station.
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Old August 22nd, 2011, 04:44 PM   #1086
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I think Leipzig is Germany's (and indeed Europe's) biggest station by floor surface area.
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Old August 24th, 2011, 08:12 PM   #1087
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Today an ICE3 hit a tractor on a railway crossing near Lippstadt. Nobody was hurt. It is unknown why the tractor driver stopped on the tracks (probably some sort of technical problems).











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Old August 24th, 2011, 11:21 PM   #1088
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Did the tractor driver survive?

Edit - Just re-read your intro. It survived.
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Old August 25th, 2011, 02:30 PM   #1089
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That is why high-speed tracks and level crossing don't mix. Either close the crossing or build an over/underpass!!!
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Old August 25th, 2011, 03:08 PM   #1090
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The vicinity of platforms and the level-crossing by itself suggests that this didn't happen on a dedicated high-speed line. What was the speed at the time of impact, BTW?
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Old August 25th, 2011, 03:39 PM   #1091
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The vicinity of platforms and the level-crossing by itself suggests that this didn't happen on a dedicated high-speed line. What was the speed at the time of impact, BTW?
In Germany level-crossings are allowed till a trainspeed of 160km/h.
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Old August 25th, 2011, 04:22 PM   #1092
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That is why high-speed tracks and level crossing don't mix. Either close the crossing or build an over/underpass!!!
I agree, with speeds like this anything stocked right at the middle of the crossing will definitely be a huge huge risk, not at that object but to that of the train..
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Old August 25th, 2011, 04:29 PM   #1093
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In Germany level-crossings are allowed till a speed of 160km/h.
That would be good but in case of Asian RR crossing most especially in Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia, level crossings often times eliminated or closed not because of the collission risks to road traffics but to prevent the proliferation of squatters along the side of the railtracks.
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Old August 25th, 2011, 06:55 PM   #1094
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i dont see what the prlobem is, sh!t happens and the "poor weak european carriage" kicked the ass of the tractor
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Old August 25th, 2011, 07:55 PM   #1095
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the problem is to have non-segregated highways with level crossings. Most railways should be segregated/grade-separated.
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Old August 25th, 2011, 08:11 PM   #1096
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the problem is to have non-segregated highways with level crossings. Most railways should be segregated/grade-separated.
And the railway operators agree with you. New lines as a rule don't have level crossings, and on existing lines the number of level crossings is reduced every year. However, getting rid of all level crossings is not something you do overnight...
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Old August 25th, 2011, 08:28 PM   #1097
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It's not worth something to scream about, level crossings simply exist and can't all be closed down at once just because of a couple accidents.

If you look at this crossing on Google Earth you can see that just that the next level crossing was being replaced at the time of the picture. If you follow the line you see even more new grade crossings. It's something that is taken seriously, not just here but all over Germany. And since it's a very large and relatively older network it just takes time to upgrade everything to the current standards.

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basically the same what K said, that whats you get from being distracted and not press preview before posting.
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Old November 27th, 2011, 10:49 PM   #1098
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S21 wins referendum

With surprising clarity, a referendum in the state of Baden-Würtemberg favors the continuation of the Stuttgart Main Station reconstruction as planned. More than 50 % of voters are against the state's abandoning the project. The green prime minister says he will follow the decision, which is not binding, as not enough voters turned up to vote.
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Old December 1st, 2011, 08:14 PM   #1099
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I agree, with speeds like this anything stocked right at the middle of the crossing will definitely be a huge huge risk, not at that object but to that of the train..
I hope a 160 kph train would hurt what it hit more than the train itself, otherwise, the train was not constructed properly

Luckily, the tractor suffered more than the train did in this case... The train suffered some superficial damage but thats normal, the tractor was torn apart though, as was the tuck it was sitting on.
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